Quadrilateral Security Dialogue
Tokyo meeting was a damp squib
On October 06, a meeting of foreign-ministers of the member states of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, commonly known as the Quad, namely Australia, India, Japan and the United States, was held in Tokyo. This meeting came at a time when the United States, India and Australia have all seen growing tensions in their relations with China. However, Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, is considered a supporter of having good ties with China. Moreover, during the rule of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, Tokyo has seen a steady improvement of ties with Beijing while it also maintains close relationships with the US, India and Australia. Perhaps this is the reason that despite all the hype—Prior to the meeting, US secretary of State Mike Pompeo told media that they were expecting to make some significant announcements in days or weeks following the Quad meeting—the Tokyo rendezvous turned out to be predictable and fairly routine as no joint statement was issued after the meeting. For all of Secretary Pompeo’s fiery rhetoric targeting China, few concrete takeaways emerged from the talks. But the symbolism of just showing up may have been part, if not the main point, of the dialogue.
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